President's Desk

Changes Ahead

Each year brings new challenges in commercial real estate, but along with them come new opportunities. It is precisely these opportunities that will add value to your CCIM Institute membership this year and well into the future. I'm honored to be serving as your 2006 president and to be one of the first to introduce some of the exciting new initiatives that currently are underway.

For more than 30 years the institute has provided the commercial real estate industry's premier educational resources, and this year we will embark on a journey to further improve the quality and delivery of those programs. Last fall the institute's board of directors approved a detailed plan to redesign our educational curriculum during the next four years. This process, which already has begun, will allow the institute to create state-of-the-art educational programs that provide students with the knowledge and skills they need to make key commercial real estate investment decisions in today's marketplace. Since the designation education's last revision in 1995, tremendous changes have occurred in our membership demographics and professional mix, including rapid international growth. These factors combined with technological advances and changes in commercial real estate brokerage services make this the right time to update our educational offerings. The benefits of this project are invaluable for existing CCIM designees and candidates, and I look forward to updating you on our progress throughout the year.

Another new benefit you'll see this year is a completely redesigned CCIM Web site. The institute is reorganizing CCIM.com's content and improving the site's navigation process. Soon several of our online resources will be easier to find through the new "My CCIM" portal. This feature will provide faster access to members-only areas, including CCIMNet and STDB-Online, which will help to increase your business efficiency.

While many new programs are on the horizon, I also plan to concentrate my efforts on fueling the success of existing programs. For instance, CCIM Partners continues to grow as more designees take part in the formalized business-building network. All designees in good standing are eligible to become Partners, so be sure to turn to page 18 for more details about the network's benefits. In addition, the Cultural Diversity Education program continues to make large strides. More than 450 students have completed the CCIM Intro course since the program was founded four years ago, and the institute continues to seek new ways to encourage cultural diversity in the commercial real estate profession. The membership marketing campaign we launched last year is yielding impressive results - membership is on the rise and the designation is gaining greater exposure throughout the industry.

Without a doubt, this is an exciting time to be involved in the CCIM Institute, and I look forward to guiding our leadership and staff through this very productive phase. I'm privileged to be working with a highly skilled group of CCIM colleagues, including President-Elect Joseph A. Fisher, CCIM, and First Vice President Tim Hatlestad, CCIM. Together we look forward to adding quality and value to your membership in our organization.

Steven R. Price, CCIM

Steven R. Price, CCIMPresidentsprice@ccim.net

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